Rachel Hore's intriguing and suspenseful new novel magnificently connects the very different worlds of two young women, who are linked by their individual quests for truth, love and happiness.
When editor Emily Gordon commissions an account of the great English novelist Hugh Morton, she finds herself caught between Morton's formidable widow, Jacqueline, and the charming biographer, Joel Richards. What is the secret buried in Morton’s past?
One winter's day in 1948, a chance meeting for Isabel Barber leads to a fascinating career in publishing. But when she meets charismatic young debut novelist Hugh Morton the professional becomes passionately personal...
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"Engrossing, surprising and thoroughly readable." (Santa Montefiore)
"A beautifully written and magical novel about love, life and family." (Cathy Kelly)
What a wonderful Book! I had bought this, with some other books and somehow left till last.. What a great story, great narrator.. everything about this book is amazing.. I was so wanting it to go on and on.. You will not be disappointed if you buy this book.. Five stars from me..
"Strong holiday read set in 50s and present day"
At leas in this book there is a valid reason for the two time periods. Set In the world of publishing it deals with a writer and his female editor and then the writer's biographer and his editor 60 years later, moving the story on with justification. The two main protagonists are the female editors, budding career girls with shades of Lynn Barber and Shirley Conren then and chit lit now. But this isn't chit lit, the setting in the world if publishing gives it an intellectual edge, just enough to give the novel extra depth. Enjoy, it's a page turner
"Can do better"
Having enjoyed reading two of Rachel Hore's other books I was looking forward to this listen as a change amongst my thrillers. Gerri Halligan didn't do too badly but, for me, she was fighting something of a losing battle. We are introduced to the stories of two women, one from the 1940's one contemporary, both in publishing - but I cannot see that either of them were particularly on any form of quest for the truth, love or happiness (publishers blurb). Had I been a man in their lives I would have found them both immensely irritating and indeed I would go so far as to say that their characters seemed so far off beam I wouldn't have been surprised to have found them created by a man rather than a woman. Rachel Hore is a good writer and this plot had potential - but this time round its not been fully realised. I even foresaw the twist at the end. Having said that it was not an unpleasant listen and I never once thought about stopping before the end. I shall look forward to Rachel Hore's next which I hope will be back up to scratch.
"Excellent, fantastic characterisation."
I throughly enjoyed the book, however I couldn't quite get to like the central character. She was vivid and believable but so often I wanted her to do something else and I was disappointed in learning what her last act of the story was. The modern day heroine was a reflection of what the central character should have been.
"Past and Present Together"
I always enjoy listening to the narrator, they move so easily into the different characters, but I enjoy print as well.
To most books which are set in one era, Rachel Hore has a knack of using the past and the present to bring together the story.
The end I think, when Isabel had made a new lift for herself, but I enjoyed all of it, really. I have to listen to Rachel's stories as often as I can.
Yes when Isabel was bullied by Hugh's mother and hostiled for not being able to look after her baby.
Can't wait until the next book is released
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